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News Notes - New England August 2010

Readers invited to private R.I. boat show

Soundings readers have been invited to view 30-plus exceptional yachts
July 16-17 at the Carnegie Abbey Club in Portsmouth, R.I.
Newport Private Viewing is an invitation-only lifestyle show featuring a variety of luxury and high-end exhibitors. There is no charge at the gate.
Soundings is a sponsor for the event.

More than 30 yachts will be on display on land and in water at the invitation-only Newport Private Viewing

Vessels on display include models from Vicem Yachts, Riva, The Hinckley Company, Hunt Yachts, CW Hood Yachts, Protector, Naiad Inflatables, Trumpy Yachts, Grand Banks Yachts, Fortier Boats and Mochi Craft.
"We're describing the show as ‘exceptional yachts, autos, residences and diversions,' " says Bob Peck of Atlass Insurance, one of the creators of the show. Other luxury items on display will include cars, real estate, gourmet dining, art and clothing.
Newport Private Viewing was conceived as a way for companies to self-promote and better reach their markets, says Peck. This is the third running of the event, but the first year it will take place at the Carnegie Abbey Club.
"Our customers are still buying," he says. "But now people who might have planned to buy, say, an 80-footer might, instead, buy a daysailer. The buyer still wants quality, though."
The show runs from noon to 6 p.m. July 16 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 17 at the Carnegie Abbey Club at 125 Cory's Lane in Portsmouth, R.I. Parking is available.
For information, visit


A Sea Scout unit named Minnow, is the winner of Sea Scouting's biggest recognition, the BoatU.S. Flagship Award for 2010. The unit, Ship 1659, serves youth in the Houston area and maintains a fleet of no fewer than six cruising sailboats at South Shore Harbor Marina on Clear Lake in Kemah, Texas. Pictured are (left to right) Keith Christopher, National Sea Scouts Director; Spencer Rawlins Jr., skipper, Ship 1659; Sam Sexton, boatswain, Ship 1659; Connor Rieve, national boatswain 2009-2010; and Charles Wurster, National Sea Scouts commodore, at the BoatU.S. Flagship Award ceremony. For information, visit:

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Boston Fall Boat Show returns
After a yearlong hiatus, the Boston Fall Boat Show will return Oct. 1-3 at the Seaport World Trade Center.
For the first time, this year's show will feature late-model used and brokerage boats in the 15- to 35-foot range. All used boats will be desirable brands less than 10 years old, according to organizers.
The show is owned and operated by Boat Shows Inc., a subsidiary of the Massachusetts Marine Trades Association. For information, visit

Yamaha summer promotion
Yamaha Marine Group rolled out its VMax HPDI Summer Sale promotion.
The promotion provides the purchasing consumer a credit of up to $3,000 based on MSRP toward the purchase of goods and/or services available at the authorized participating Yamaha outboard dealer that sold the eligible Yamaha outboard.
Eligible Yamaha outboards include new 150- to 300-hp VMax HPDI 2-stroke outboards that are sold, warranty-registered and delivered to the consumer from June 1 through Aug. 3.

Boston Whaler launches new magazine
Boston Whaler, based in Edgewater, Fla., is launching a new lifestyle magazine.
Set to be published twice a year, Whaler is a resource for owners and prospective customers to learn about the company's boat line and boating heritage, while promoting the "Whaler" lifestyle. For information, visit

Northeast sees record fatalities in 2010
Twenty-one recreational boaters and paddlers have died in the Northeast this year, the highest recorded number.
Motorized vessels accounted for 10 fatalities while six kayakers and five canoeists accounted for the remaining 11 fatalities, according to the U.S. Coast Guard Office of Boating Safety.
Nationwide, an average of 700 people die every year in boating and paddling accidents. Close to 70 percent drown, and of that 70 percent, almost 90 percent were not wearing a life jacket.
For details about the 2010 North American Safe Boating Campaign log onto

Fleet to travel California coast
The Channel Islands Sea Ray Club and Valkyrie Yachts have formed the California Coastal Cruise, designed for powerboaters to experience traveling from Southern California to San Francisco and back in nine days. The fleet will travel in daylight and cruisers will take in several harbors along California's coast that are seldom visited.
The voyage is 750 miles round-trip, according to organizers, and ports of call will include Channel Islands Harbor, Morro Bay, Santa Cruz, San Francisco, Monterey and San Luis Obispo/Avila.
While all powerboats are welcome, the focus is on vessels that can cruise regularly between 15 and 20 knots. Boats must have a minimum range of 150 miles between fueling.
Departure date is Aug. 7, scheduled return the following weekend. For information, e-mail

50th Shelter Island Runabout splashed
Coecles Harbor Marine in Shelter Island, N.Y., launched the 50th Shelter Island Runabout. Conceived by singer/songwriter Billy Joel and designed by Doug Zurn, the first runabout was built for Joel and launched in 1996. Hull No. 50 is for a second-generation owner, whose father launched hull No. 2 in 1997.
It is equipped with twin Yanmar 315-hp diesels and Teleflex electronic engine controls. Top speed is 48 mph with a cruise speed of 41 mph. Typical fuel consumption is 11.2 gallons per hour at 29 mph with a cruising range of 446 nautical miles at that speed.
Hull No. 50 has a cockpit designed by the new owner and is custom-built. Instrumentation features the Northstar 8000i touch-screen GPS/chart plotter. Both wired USB and Bluetooth wireless supports MP3 players including Apple's line of phone and music storage devices. Down below features varnished teak trim and a teak-and-holly cabin sole. (June 2010)

This article originally appeared in the New England Home Waters section of the August 2010 issue.